Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers is desperate to sign a new striker before the end of the summer transfer windowReuters

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a move for Fulham's teenage forward Patrick Roberts.

The 17-year-old has been impressive at the youth levels, helping the Cottagers reach the final of the FA Youth Cup last season.

Roberts has attracted attention from several big clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to finalise a deal for the youngster, before they get caught in a bidding war, according to Goal.

Fulham boss Felix Magath had stated last season that he would not allow an "extraordinary talent" like Roberts to leave Craven Cottage.

However, after the Cottagers were relegated to the Championship last summer, he may be willing to consider the player's sale, provided Liverpool make a tempting offer.

The Reds have a slight edge over their Premier League rivals in securing the youngster's signature as Roberts is reportedly a fan of Liverpool and both his parents are from Merseyside. It is believed that Liverpool are also prepared to loan the youngster back to Fulham once they complete the signing.

Roberts, who is reportedly keen to get first team football, is expected to feature heavily for Fulham this season as they aim to get back to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the Reds have also reportedly reignited their interest in former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o, after failing in their attempts to land Monaco's Radamel Falcao, according to the Express.

With Italian champions Juventus believed to be in pole position to sign Falcao, Rodgers has been forced to look at other options as he continues his search for a top striker, following Luis Suarez's departure.

It was earlier reported that Rodgers was keeping Eto'o as a last option, in case the Reds fail to get any of their other targets.

And now, with Liverpool unable to get any of their preferred targets - Falcao (Monaco), Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani (both Paris Saint-Germain), the Northern Irishman is looking to make a move for Eto'o.

However, the Merseyside outfits may face some stiff competition as Tottenham and Everton have also reportedly joined the race to secure the former Barcelona striker's signature.

Still, the 33-year-old may eventually be tempted to join Liverpool as they will be able to offer him better wages, as well as Champions League football.

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